Stock Survivor: 1990 Honda CRX Si

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

For a long time, it’s been known that the original Honda CRX is one of the purest driver’s cars ever made. Unfortunately, supply is quite limited in stock, rust-free form, particularly so for the hot ticket Si model. This example is rust-free and unmodified, making it a desirable specimen – which is only amplified by having the Si designation on its rear hatch. Find it here on eBay with a $6,500 Buy-It-Now.¬†

Clean sheetmetal only tells part of the story here, as the interior is similarly mint. Take note of a few details: the original seats are untorn and the OEM Si-specific floormats are present. The latter can fetch $300 or more in good condition on eBay, which shows you how committed some owners are to keeping these cars in stock condition. The seller also has an OEM radio in his possession that he will sell separately if the next owner wishes to replace the aftermarket Pioneer.

Love this: the stock door panels have always shouted that this is a CRX, but they’re often faded or damaged by this point. As a California car, the windows have plenty of tint which in this instance have helped preserve sensitive dash plastics and covered surfaces. The CRX is very simple underneath, with crank windows and manual locks, but it still delivered a driving experience that was transformative compared to compacts from the Big 3 and other Japanese makes.

The seller resides in California and has two properties; the CRX is stored at one he doesn’t visit much, so he feels compelled to sell it due to lack of use. He notes the car retains original paint throughout and is in excellent mechanical condition; since this hails from the golden era of Hondas, that’s not exactly a surprise. The asking price seems downright reasonable to us, but the seller is open to offers. Trust us: these will someday be near extinct and far more expensive. Get one while you can.

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  1. Nick G.

    Thank you tuner-boys… for turning what should be a cheap, sporty car into an overpriced unicorn.

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    • Rx7turboII

      Overpriced?? You’re kidding right? This car is a bargain at $6,500 compared to what it sold at brand new and this has been taken care of and is rust free and mostly original. If you want to see overpriced, go buy yourself a 69 Camaro, go buy yourself a 65 Mustang Fastback, go buy yourself any Mopar then you’ll have to sell your last child, your right arm and your home AND turn over your whole inheritance from your parents just to buy it. That’s overpriced! This is a steal!

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      • Greg

        Never rely on an inheritance. Put on your big boy pants.

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      • Rx7turboII

        IT WAS AN EXAMPLE GREG, and stop looking at my pants, you’re creeping me out…lol

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    • Andy

      On the same day that BF is showing a ’72 Merc for $15k, this price makes me feel bad for the seller!

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  2. Todd Zuercher

    Love these cars but unfortunately I don’t fit!

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    • jdjonesdr

      Don’t fit? I had one, and I’m 6’4″.

      I’ve got half a mind to buy this. I loved mine.

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      • Todd Zuercher

        That’s my height too. I sat in one that a fellow junkyarder had for sale a few years ago. Maybe I should give it another try

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      • Dan B.

        I’m 6’6″ and the CRX (2nd gen) is one of the few cars that has enough legroom.

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      • BMW4RunninTundra Member

        I’m 6’4″ and had a roommate that had one. I taught her how to drive it! Her parents bought it but she didn’t know how to drive a stick. Got a few adult beverages in her, nice and loosened up, bam! Driving it beautifully in a few hours!!! Long story longer, I drove hers quite a lot. Fit me just fine!

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  3. Francisco

    232,000. That’s an awful lot of miles. This car has been figuratively around the world more than nine times.

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  4. Sparkster

    Much cheaper and faster than a $100,000 Nissan 240sx. Only big problem with these in California is when you come out of the store it won’t be there any longer.
    My neighbor got his stolen , got it back. Sold it , and then the new owner got it stolen. After it’s stolen the insurance will brand it with a salvage title, so you’ll never be able to get full coverage insurance on your Honda. Fun car non the less

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  5. Dave

    Todd, you must be tall as hell, as I’m nearly 6′ 4″ and zip around in one from time-to-time.

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    • Todd Zuercher

      I’m 6’4″. I must not have had the seat back all the way or something. My head hit the ceiling in the car I tried.

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      • Dan B.

        It probably depends on body versus legs. My legs are super long and my torso is average.

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  6. 64 bonneville

    I had an 1986 CRX Si, great little car, so much fun to drive, and got better than 34 M.P.G. in overall driving. Pretty simple to work on, and not to expensive to insure. Alas, 4 back surgeries and a heart attack, made it really difficult to get in and out of, along with the pain in my back when driving any length of time. Hated to sell it, since it was so much fun, just scooting around in traffic, and on the highway. I think this is a really good price for one not rusted.

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  7. joe

    Would be a good one to pair with my white ’84 CRX with 2 Accord engines. (Car & Driver 4WD – 147 mph car). But mine only has 50,000 miles on it.

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    • CarNut from Winnipeg

      I think I’ve mentioned this before but I remember that awesome car!

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  8. Genevieve Samek (daughter)

    My daughter’s original car is a ’91 CRX SI. I have taken care of it mechanically all these years. After the break in it has run on Mobil 1 synthetic oil. It has 311,000 thousand miles-original engine and runs like new-and fast. It needs to be restored and will be.
    Sorry. NOT FOR SALE!

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  9. chad

    2 yrs & needs new engine/rebuild (these R bout 240K motors)

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    • RX7TURBOII

      What would you rather do, repair a low mileage northern rusty car, or rebuild an EASY honda motor for about $400.00 in parts and have it last another 240K on a rust free california chassis? Easy choice for me, but hey, some of you guys must love rust….LOL

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  10. Gearheaddropping

    Out of all of the cars I’ve owned, my 1985 CRX is the one I would want back. What a great car. I bought it with 30k miles and it never ever let me down and started every time even in the cold Kalamazoo lake-effect winters. A true Honda masterpiece. The Si models were even better with their fuel injection and factory power moonroof.

    I went through two clutches and three exhaust systems with it and sold it with 165k miles for a high asking price and still had a ton of interest in it weeks later. I have a feeling it is still on the road….somewhere….

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  11. Jim C

    232k 3 owner non perfect SI (over 100,000 of these made in 1991) ok shape ..i’ll keep looking for a 1 owner car instead (those keep popping up all the time )

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  12. raymond

    A friend of mine has a 1991 CRX in very good shape, even its a version with leather seats and the V-tec engine. he doesnt want to sell it.

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  13. Madd Matt

    I had an original HF that got 64 mpg …. you guys do know that the CVCC engine rights were bought up by the big oil companies and … poof NO MORE PARTS

    funny the wonderful CRZ Hybrid manages 38!! so … the oil companies also own the rights to any Lithium Ion battery bigger than a tablet … except for Tesla

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Please provide some sources for your claims.

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    • Greg

      Better yet – keep your conspiracy theories to yourself.

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